• WordNet 3.6
    • n tamarind large tropical seed pod with very tangy pulp that is eaten fresh or cooked with rice and fish or preserved for curries and chutneys
    • n tamarind long-lived tropical evergreen tree with a spreading crown and feathery evergreen foliage and fragrant flowers yielding hard yellowish wood and long pods with edible chocolate-colored acidic pulp
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tamarind A leguminous tree (Tamarindus Indica) cultivated both the Indies, and the other tropical countries, for the sake of its shade, and for its fruit. The trunk of the tree is lofty and large, with wide-spreading branches; the flowers are in racemes at the ends of the branches. The leaves are small and finely pinnated.
    • Tamarind One of the preserved seed pods of the tamarind, which contain an acid pulp, and are used medicinally and for preparing a pleasant drink.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tamarind The fruit of the leguminous tree Tamarindus Indica; also, the tree itself. The tamarind is widely cultivated through the tropics, being desirable for its fruit, shade, and timber, and for the fragrance of its flowers. It reaches a height of 60 or 80 feet, with a widely spreading crown of dense foliage. The fruit is a flat thickened pod, 3 to 6 inches long, with a brittle brown shell containing a fibrous juicy pleasantly acid pulp inclosing the seeds. The pulp is used in hot countries to make cooling drinks, and preserved in syrup or sugar, or alone, it forms the tamarinds of commerce. It is used also in preparing tamarind-fish. It is officinally recognized as a refrigerant and laxative. Besides the pulp, the seeds, flowers, leaves, and bark all have their medicinal applications in India or elsewhere. The leaves in India form an ingredient in curries. The wood is very hard and heavy, yellowish-white in color with purple blotches, and is used in turnery.
    • n tamarind The brown tamarind.
    • n tamarind In Jamaica, a large tree, Pithecolobium filicifolium (Acacia arborea).
    • n tamarind In Trinidad, Pentaclethra filamentosa, a leguminous tree also found in Guiana, Nicaragua, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tamarind tam′a-rind a beautiful spreading East Indian tree, its pods filled with a pleasant, acidulous, sweet, reddish-black pulp, in which the seeds are embedded.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. tamarindo, or Sp. tamarindo, or Pg. tamarindo, tamarinho, from Ar. tamarhindī, literally, Indian date; tamar, a dried date + Hind, India: cf. F. tamarin,. Cf. Hindu
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Tamarindus, Latinised from Ar. tamar-u'l Hind, 'date of India,' or perhaps rather, in Persian form, tamar-i-Hindī.


In literature:

While he was going along thus desperate he came across a tamarind-tree.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
Never more was she seen sowing under the shade of the tamarind-tree.
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
The banks of the river abound in tamarind-trees and provide pasturage for cattle.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Great tamarind trees overhanging the temple are alive with monkeys.
"East of Suez" by Frederic Courtland Penfield
Tamarind, or some very acid sauce is used to impart to it some flavour.
"British Borneo" by W. H. Treacher
Tamarinds, crystals of tartar, unrefined sugar.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
Touching that will I not say; but I reckon he thought oftener on his tamarind drink than on the public welfare.
"In Convent Walls" by Emily Sarah Holt
The hollow trunk of a venerable tamarind-tree was shown where all the baby monkeys are born.
"Due West" by Maturin Murray Ballou
The tamarind is a universal and thrifty tree in the island, lofty and umbrageous, a quick grower and yet long-lived.
"Due South or Cuba Past and Present" by Maturin M. Ballou
During the boiling the buri must be tightly covered with tamarind leaves and not be allowed to project from the water.
"Philippine Mats" by Hugo H. Miller

In poetry:

Shout, surf; and pipe, wind;
Though seas are wide, the world is kind.
Joy has a nest in the tamarind tree
For Love to find.
"Christmas in Alurio" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Whiter than snow, the surf rides in.
In the tamarind trees the songs begin.
Out in the tumble of blue upstarts
A flashing fin.
"Christmas in Alurio" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
Thence in a clear pool, overbent
With lotus-tree and tamarind flower,
Empearled, and lulled in golden bower,
Kadisha sleeps content.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Wind, have you never loved a rose?
And water, seek you not the Sea?
Why, therefore, mock at my repose?
Is it my fault I am alone
Beneath the feathery Tamarind tree
Whose shadows over me are thrown?
"Protest:" by Laurence Hope
Before him, like a blood-red flag,
The bright flamingoes flew;
From morn till night he followed their flight,
O'er plains where the tamarind grew,
Till he saw the roofs of Caffre huts,
And the ocean rose to view.
"The Slave's Dream" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A little, languid, mocking breeze
That rustles through the Jasmin flowers
And stirs among the Tamarind trees;
A little gurgle of the spray
That drips, unheard, though silent hours,
Then breaks in sudden bubbling play.
"Protest:" by Laurence Hope

In news:

Chilled Crab Salad, Mango, Basil Seeds, and Tamarind Vinaigrette.
Nguyen family restaurants Tamarind Tree and Long.
F our and a half years since Tam Nguyen and his family opened Tamarind Tree, Seattleites still like to describe the Little Saigon restaurant as a "hidden gem".
General Manager Maneesh Rawat, seated, and Executive Chef Shachi Mehra are opening Tamarind of London on Monday (Nov 14) in Newport Beach.
When Tam Nguyen first brought Tamarind Tree to the heart of Seattle?s Little Saigon, it turned the city?s Vietnamese dining scene on its head.
Tamarind Hall Leads Bed o'Longshots.
Mint Lemonade, Jalab, Tamarind at Zatar.
Tamarind Sits at the New Year Table.
Manager Van Nguyen and chef Dominique Macquet present a dish at Tamarind by Dominique.
Tamarind House, located at 1790 Mass Ave in Cambridge, is open Monday–Saturday, 11:30 am–3 pm and 5–10 pm, and Sunday, 12–3 pm and 5–10 pm.
Tamarind of London's Grand Opening.
Guests at the Tamarind of London opening.
F our and a half years since Tam Nguyen and his family opened Tamarind Tree , Seattleites still like to describe the Little Saigon restaurant as a "hidden gem".
Police investigate a shooting in the 1000 block of Tamarind Avenue in West Palm Beach .
Fresh Pineapple Salad at Tamarind Tree.